Everyone’s doing it.
What kind of lab do you want? For those of us that still shoot (lots!) film, our relationship with our lab is critical. Handing over your film to someone else is like handing your child to a stranger. I’ve gone to several labs in the city, but I was never 100% happy with any of them.
A couple of months ago, on a recommendation from a friend, I started going to Lightside/LTI. My friend had recommended I speak to Jeffrey Kane when I got there. Jeffrey came out and was super friendly, explained all the services/pricing, etc. But beyond that, it seemed like he really got it. Not sure what it was, but he just had something different than most lab people.
It’s been several months now, and I couldn’t be happier. There have been no mishaps, no lost film, no late orders, nothing weird. And Jeffrey is always a pleasure to talk to. I guess you could sum up his relationship with customers with an email he sent me the other day after a quick conversation about some of my personal projects:
Here’s a few new-ish magazine links you may or may not be aware of:
I don’t know about you, but I’ve never had my lab care about my development as a photographer or care about what obscure art mags I read! I thought that was pretty awesome. Further proof of Jeffrey’s radness, is that he also sponsors the Women in Photography Lightside Individual Project Grant.
So swing by LTI/Lightside and say hi to Jeffrey. Tell him I sent you.
And here’s a photo from Erika Larsen who won the WIP/LS Project Grant: